COVID-19 pandemic and perceived stress in Information Technology professionals

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https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v14i2.47140

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Covid-19 Pandemic, Information Technology Professionals, Perceived Stress Scale, Stress

Abstract

Introduction: Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a pandemic was declared by WHO on 11 March 2020. The lockdown had an evident impact on various sectors including the Information Technology sector. Few studies have been conducted to find out the levels of stress in Information Technology professionals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all employees of Information Technology companies were informed to work remotely at their homes without any prior information, training and mental acceptance i.e. ‘work from home’. Information technology professionals have occupational stress &working from home during COVID-19 has added mental stress. The present study was planned to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on perceived stress in Information Technology professionals.

Methods: The present study was a cross-sectional observational study. Volunteers of the Information Technology sector (n=200) of either sex in the age group of 25 to 55 years participated in the study. PSS was administered through Google Forms and scores were analyzed.

Results: The association of various stressors with PSS was done which showed a significantly positive association. The mean PSS score of subjects was 23.53 ± 7.39. Twelve (6%) employees had mild, twenty (60%) had moderate and sixty-eight (34%) had high stress levels. This study explored that IT professionals experienced an additional level of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conclusion: The present study concluded statistically significant moderate levels of stress in IT professionals of either sex with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Saira Bano, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, India

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India (Corresponding author)

E-mail: saira27raja@gmail.com

Nimty Raina Ambardar, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, India

Tutor, Department of Physiology, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

E-mail: nimtyraina.nr@gmail.com

Anuradha Rajiv Joshi, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, India

Professor & Head, Department of Physiology, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DTU) Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

E-mail: anuradhajoshi30@gmail.com

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Published

2024-03-25

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Bano, S., Ambardar, N. R., & Joshi, A. R. (2024). COVID-19 pandemic and perceived stress in Information Technology professionals. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health, 14(2), 166–173. https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v14i2.47140

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